Genders and Their Definitions

PLEASE NOTE: These definitions are overall definitions. They do not apply to every person. Not every person falls under a category and some may fall under one or more at any given time. These are not the be all end all descriptions of every gender.

Cisgender: Gender identity matches the gender they were born as. Sometimes defined as a label for individuals who have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity. Also referred to as cisnormativityby some scholars to match the term heteronormativity. Cisgender is not the same as cissexual.

Trigender: A gender identification in which one shifts between or among the behaviours of three genders; male, female and a third gender(can be genderless, male and female mix, or any other genderqueer identities). A trigendered person can switch from each state dependant on their mood or situation. Although similar to gender fluid, trigender can encapsulate many other genders within its own title. With this gender identity, trigendered person’s sexual orientation may be confusing for some people. If they are attracted to women all the time, they can be referred to as lesbians when they are feeling female or they may be straight when they feel male. It is best to ask instead of assume in this case.

Agender: Describes a person without gender. They generally do not associate with either binary genders and some will strive to achieve an andronynous look. An agendered person may also be neutrois. Agendered persons identify as a person rather than a gender. Genderless, non-gender, gender neutral and neutrois are similarly related but not all the same.

Genderless: Falls under the category of agender and occasionally gender neutral depending on the person. A genderless person does not identify with either binary gender, male or female.

Genderfluid: A mix of the traditional genders but the prominent gender changes on a daily or situational basis. Although some may consider a genderfluid person to be indecisive, they do not fully identify with either gender. Unlike an androgyne, genderfluidity actively shifts from male to female to somewhere in between.

Bigender: A person who feels that their gender is fully male and fulyl female, or any pair of genders. Bigendered people often switch between the two, sometimes creating two personas. For others the switch can be much more fluid. This gender identity often creates dysphoria when a bigendered person is the opposite gender as the birth gender of their physical body. The integration of the two genders sets this identity apart from androgyne and genderfluid.

Pangender: Generally means all genders. A pangendered person feels they are all genders, they don’t fit into any one gender role. Has overlap with genderqueer. They do not wish to be labeled as male or female.

Transgender: The physical body gender does not match what gender they, as a person, are. This term encompasses them from the moment they feel dissonance with their birth gender through pronoun changes, pre-operation, and post-operations. A transgendered person often feel they were born into the wrong body and can feel a large amount dysphoria with their bodies. It can encompass transsexual, transvestite and intersexed people.

Androgyny: Where many people consider this related only to looks or fashion, it can be considered a gender identity as well. An androgyne does not fit into the typical masculine and feminine roles. They may identify as being mentally “between” female and male or without gender. An androgyne generally does not sway to either gender, they are stable where they are currently. May also be considered the third gender.

Neutrois: Also known as gender neutral. It is different from agender and genderless which generally mean without gender whereas neutrois is considered a neutral gender . Some who identify as neutrois may also identify as agender. It varies from person to person as each identity does.

Ambigender: Similar to bigender or more so androgyne. An ambigendered person identifies as both genders and does not prefer one over the other.

Polygender: Identify as more than one gender. This can be two genders or more. This can range from transgender to any gender other than cisgender. It is most often associated with transgendered.

Genderqueer: Most commonly used gender identity aside from cisgender and transgender. Genderqueer is a term used to describe someone who feels their gender identity doesn’t match their biological sex. This can cover many different gender identities which explains the commonality of the term. They do not identify with the social norms of the binary genders.

Multigender: Identifies as more than one gender at one time. Similar to polygender and pangender.

Intergender: Described as midway between male and female. An intergendered person rejects the binary gender system. They may feel strong male and feminine qualities all at the same time. Often considered a null gendered state.

Genderneutral: Identifies as something other than the binary genders. They may identify as male and female, neither male or female, or a separate gender altogether. Gender queer often follows this as well. Given the name, they are completely neutral to the binary genders.

Third Gender: Does not fall under male or female but a third gender that does not comply to the social requirements and expectations of the binary genders.